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April 20, 2007


Nuclear consultant

Chauncey Starr, an internationally known nuclear energy consultant who worked with physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer during World War II, has died.

Mr. Starr specialized in nuclear power, nuclear risk assessment and the challenges faced by the electric utility industry. In the weeks preceding his death, he actively worked with scientists, industrialists and politicians on risk-based analysis of nuclear plant investments and development of the "SuperGrid" - an electrical system using superconductors to transport electricity with near-zero energy losses.

From 1966 to 1973, Mr. Starr was dean of engineering and applied science at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research was published in the journal Science in 1969, and scientists still consider it the starting point for the technical field of risk analysis.

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